To tie. As, for example, the surgeon ligated the artery. "Ligate" is a fitting term; it comes from the Latin "ligare" meaning "to bind or tie."
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To apply a ligature. [L. ligo, pp. -atus, to bind]

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li·gate 'lī-.gāt, lī-' vt, li·gat·ed; li·gat·ing
1) to tie with a ligature
2) to join together (as DNA or protein chains) by a chemical process <the DNA fragments were enzymatically ligated>

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li·gate (liґgāt) to tie or bind with a ligature, or otherwise join.

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  • Ligate — Li gate (l[imac] g[=a]t), v. t. [L. ligatus, p. p. of ligare.] 1. To tie with a ligature; to bind around; to bandage. [1913 Webster] 2. (Molecular biology) To concatenate two strands of (nucleic acid, usually DNA), in an end to end fashion, using …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ligate — (v.) 1590s, from L. ligatus, pp. of ligare to bind (see LIGAMENT (Cf. ligament)). Related: Ligated; ligating …   Etymology dictionary

  • ligate — [lī′gāt΄] vt. ligated, ligating [< L ligatus, pp. of ligare, to bind, tie: see LIGATURE] to tie or bind with a ligature, as a bleeding artery ligation n …   English World dictionary

  • ligate — transitive verb (ligated; ligating) Etymology: Latin ligatus Date: 1599 1. to tie with a ligature 2. to join together (as DNA or protein chains) by a chemical process …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ligate — /luy gayt/, v.t., ligated, ligating. to bind with or as if with a ligature; tie up (a bleeding artery or the like). [1590 1600; < L ligatus (ptp. of ligare to tie, bind); see ATE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • ligate — verb /ˈlaɪɡeɪt/ To bind with a ligature or bandage. See Also: ligase …   Wiktionary

  • ligate — v. tie, fasten together, bind …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ligate — [lɪ geɪt] verb Surgery tie up (an artery or vessel). Origin C16 (earlier (ME) as ligation): from L. ligat , ligare to tie …   English new terms dictionary

  • ligate — li·gate …   English syllables

  • ligate — li•gate [[t]ˈlaɪ geɪt[/t]] v. t. gat•ed, gat•ing to bind with or as if with a ligature • Etymology: 1590–1600; < L ligātus, ptp. of ligāre to tie, bind …   From formal English to slang

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